What kind of questions should I ask when purchasing furniture for my home or office to ensure my family’s or employees’ health?
Here are a few to get the conversation started:
- Does it contain formaldehyde (often found in particle board or plywood)?
- Does the foam contain Flame Retardants?
- Where is it made (in the USA or imported)?
- Does the furniture company employ sustainable and socially beneficial business practices (local resources, working conditions, equality for genders)?
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